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Lot 012: MG Midget MKIII

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

Essentially a slightly more expensive badge-engineered version of the Austin-Healey Sprite MkII, the MG Midget was launched in 1961, initially with a 948cc twin carb A-Series engine producing 46bhp. In 1962 the engine was uprated to a 1,098cc unit now with 56bhp and brake discs replaced the drums at the front. With the launch of the MkIII version in 1966, the engine was enlarged yet again to 1,275cc and now produced 67bhp. The rear axle ratio was also increased for more relaxed cruising along with a host of minor revisions to the interior and exterior, including more rounded rear wheel arches from 1972. Eminently tuneable, the MkIII is now particularly popular in the many race series that are organised for MG Midgets to compete in. On the road it is an exhilarating car to drive as you always feel like you are going twice as fast as you really are! This lovely little Old English White MkIII was first registered in January 1970. It was fully restored some years ago with many bills and photographs charting the work carried out. The vendor states that the car remains in very good condition throughout with the trim in particular being virtually as new. More recently the car has been fitted with inertia reel seatbelts, new front brake discs and pads, and has been waxoiled underneath. Said to run and drive beautifully, it comes with a hood and two tonneau covers (one for the cabin and one for the hood when down) and powder coated wire wheels. There is also a good sized history file with many old MOTs, tax discs, invoices etc. plus a manual. Currently taxed and with an MOT until May 2013, it is ready to drive away today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number012
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1970
Condition rating
Registration numberWRX 928H
Mileage-
Chassis numberGAN5.75889G
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)1275
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors